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The Best Dark Sky alternatives for Android

Dark Sky is no more, at least for Android users. After Apple’s acquisition of Dark Sky, the popular weather app is being pulled from the Google Play Store and will cease working for Android smartphones and Wear OS devices on July 1. This leaves Android users in the dark (pun intended) when it comes to getting reliable weather forecasts and updates on their phones. Thankfully, there are plenty of worthwhile Dark Sky alternatives for Android, many of which are often more accurate than Dark Sky.

Additionally, many of them provide the kind of local weather forecasts that Dark Sky prided itself on, and they also don’t ask for unnecessary permissions or harvest needless amounts of personal data. Android users may mourn the passing of Dark Sky for now — it will live on for Apple users, likely in iOS 14 — but we will learn to love another Android weather app instead. Here are some of the best alternatives.

The Weather Channel

In a study of forecasts made between 2010 and 2017, ForecastWatch found that The Weather Channel provided the most accurate forecasts of any Android weather app. As such, the app should be one of your first ports of call when looking for the best Dark Sky alternatives.

Not only is The Weather Channel accurate, but it’s also free. Importantly, the app automatically updates its forecasts based on your location, providing hourly forecasts across the next two days, as well as the weather for the next 15 days. You can also switch on notifications for weather alerts, while it also offers exclusive videos and content, such as its six-minute morning weather program “The Lift.”

Today Weather

Looking almost like something developed by Apple, Today Weather is a very beautifully designed weather app that’s simple to use. Its user interface is clean and readable, providing local weather info on the current temperature, conditions, and cloud level. It also offers more finely grained detail on humidity, air quality, UV index, and pollen count. Importantly, its forecasts are usually very accurate, coming from the National Weather Service in the U.S., as well as from a range of other sources.

Usefully, Today Weather sends out alerts for strong wind and heavy rain, in addition to a variety of other severe weather events. For those who like to visualize their weather in more detail, it comes with a radar that can be used to see precipitation and how it’s moving across your town, region, and nation. It also lets you add a quick-view widget forecast.


AccuWeather is a great Dark Sky alternative for anyone who wants their weather forecasts to be detailed. It offers a feature called MinuteCast, which details how weather conditions will change from minute to minute over the next two hours. The app also provides users with hourly forecasts across the coming three days, and a helpful 15-day daily forecast.

AccuWeather also gives users a wide selection of additional weather info. For example, it provides updates on severe weather events, allergies, sunrise and sunset times, as well as local weather reports that can be personalized. AccuWeather’s own news team also post weather videos, which provide a nice audiovisual summary of the news, saving you the need to check various pieces of data yourself.


If you want to visualize the weather regardless of where you are in the world, then Flowx is the Dark Sky alternative for you. Its intuitive swipe gestures let you quickly animate the week’s coming weather, encompassing info on temperature, wind speed and direction, pressure, cloud cover, humidity, and much more.

One of Flowx’s very welcome additional features is that it lets you plan for a range of activities likely to be affected by future weather, such as flying, fishing, cycling, sailing, and walking. What’s more, while the free version provides enough features and info for most purposes, the premium (“Pro”) version provides even more data to add to your forecasts, as well as a 10-day outlook.

Appy Weather

Appy Weather bills itself as the most “personal” weather app you could possibly use. Why? Well, it presents its forecasts in more plainspoken and casual language than other apps, while its use of a timeline to present updated weather info makes its packaging of data more digestible.

Still, if you prefer more traditional weather bulletins, Appy Weather lets you check hourly and daily forecasts, as well as 48-hour and weekly outlines. Not only that, but it protects your privacy by asking at setup whether you want to check your local weather automatically by location.

All in all, it’s a very neat and tidy alternative to Dark Sky. However, it does make use of Dark Sky’s API, something which won’t be possible for Android weather apps from 2021. Fortunately, Appy Weather’s makers say they’re in the process of deciding on a replacement data source.

Weather Underground

Weather Underground (or Wunderground) is one of the longest-running weather apps available for Android, and given that it promises “hyperlocal weather maps,” it’s a natural Dark Sky alternative. Its basic interface provides you with an overview of current weather conditions, covering temperature, rain, and wind speed and direction. It also lets you zoom into your local area so that you can take a closer look at what’s happening in your town or city. On top of this, it offers weather alerts and storm radar, as well as info on humidity, pressure, air quality, UV levels, and sunset and sunrise times.

Most of Wundergound’s features are free to use. However, for $20 per year (or $4 per month) you can access its premium membership. This grants you access to Smart Forecasts, which tell you when the weather is ideal for outdoor activities. It also removes all ads and provides hourly forecasts for up to 10 days in advance.

Fu*** Weather (Funny Weather)

Do you find weather apps a little too dry and humorless? Well, then Fu*** Weather (Funny Weather) could be the Dark Sky alternative you’ve been waiting for. Basically, its summaries of the latest weather are written as if they came from a friend with a foul mouth. Yes, that’s right. Reading expletives in weather reports may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you tend to curse when it starts raining, then Fu*** Weather may suit you just fine.

Profanity and humor aside, Fu*** is a solid weather app. Not only does it cover your current local weather and offer hourly or weekly forecasts, but it also provides radar and satellite maps that give you more detail on wind, humidity, and temperature conditions. In addition, it offers the option to add your local weather as a widget on your home screen, while its customizable notifications are another useful feature. Premium subscribers of the app gain access to a two-week detailed forecast, instead of the free one-week version.


Cut the cord: This $25 HD TV antenna grabs streams from up to 50 miles away

TL;DR: This money-saving digital HD antenna is 58% off, and provides you with a ton of high-definition content.If you’re thinking about cutting the cord, you’re not alone. Many people have, and the reasons to get away from traditional cable continue to grow. Similarly, we’ve seen a rise in people who never even bother with signing an agreement with a cable provider.While a lot of us like Hulu, Netflix, and the other streaming players, some still like the local channels for live broadcasts of news, sports, and general programming. Awards shows, season finales, and playoff games are serious business and work best live. If you’re among those aching for the live shows, listen up.There are options that let you cut the cord, or not have to worry about signing up for cable. In fact, it’s cheap, too. Consider the current offer in the AG Deals Store: the Liger HDTV 50-Mile Ultra-Thin Antenna & Amplifier. Priced just $25, it’s all you’ll ever need to spend for your local broadcasts. The Liger HDTV 50-Mile Ultra-Thin Antenna & Amplifier is super thin, easy to set up, and receives signal from up to 50 miles away.It’s easy to install; plug it in and scan for channels with one click. Before you know it, you’ll have access to the channels available in your area for news, weather, and sports.Liger HDTV 50-Mile Ultra-Thin Antenna & Amplifier FeaturesRevamped range for up to 50 milesFine-tuned frequency picks up plenty of stations10 to 15dB gain strengthens premium picturesCan be used as a TV antenna amplifier boosterThe best part of this whole deal is you only pay a one-time fee for the antenna and end up with free TV for life. Get the Liger HDTV 50-Mile Ultra-Thin Antenna & Amplifier for just $24.99, or 58% off the original cost — at the AG Deals Store.Save even more!In addition to the savings above, when you buy through AndroidGuys Deals, for every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your account. What’s more, should you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.If this is your first time buying, then you are also eligible for a further 10% discount when you subscribe for email updates.How about a freebie?Not looking to spend any money today? That’s alright, we understand. Why not visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and take something anyhow? Go ahead, grab two!

LG Wing pre-orders now available at Verizon

One of the most interesting phones that has come out in a long time, the LG Wing, is finally available through Verizon. With one of the most unique designs on the market, time will tell how durable the phone is. If anything, it will definitely be a head turner.Pre-orders are currently underway with the launch date of October 15.  The all-important question is how much it will cost. Indeed, Verizon and LG are pricing it at $999. If you go through the carrier’s payment plan, it will cost you $41.66 per month.Verizon has some pretty sweet offers for the LG Wing which will help interested buyers save money.If you add a line on select Unlimited Plans and you trade in an eligible device you get $750 offGet up to an additional $250 Verizon eGift Card if you port a number to Verizon while buying the LG WingIf you’re an existing customer on an eligible Unlimited Plan you can get up to $500 when you trade in an eligible device.If you buy the LG Wing, trade in an eligible device, and port a number you can get the Wing free. Unfortunately, I don’t have info as to what exactly the eligible devices are, but I would imagine roughly any flagship from Samsung, Apple, Google, and maybe even LG from the last 1-2 years would qualify.I may be part of a small minority here, but I’m legit excited for the LG Wing. It is almost a ray of sunshine in a sea of otherwise ‘same’ looking devices. Are you as excited for the Wing as I am?Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear what you think about it!

The best phones available at Boost Mobile (October 2020)

Boost Mobile may no longer belong to Sprint, but that doesn’t mean it’s a completely different company under DISH. In fact, it’s largely business as usual to the average consumer. As is the case with other MVNOs, Boost has its own rate plans, customer service, and phone selection. Here, we’ll dig into the devices offered at Boost.We’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Boost Mobile today. In addition to what’s offered through Boost, we always suggest buying an unlocked phone for use with a carrier. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.Samsung Galaxy S20The Samsung Galaxy S20 reigns as the current king of the hill and is the standard bearer by which other phones are measured. For your money you’ll get a 6.2-inch Infinity-O display that reaches edge to edge and features a hole-punch front-facing 10-megapixel camera.Around back are a trio of cameras in the form of a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel wide-angle, and 64-megapixel telephoto camera.Powering things are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor, 12GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Need more room for media? Toss in a microSD card and add up to 1TB more space.This one will be powerful enough to handle daily tasks for two or more years.Samsung Galaxy S20 at Boost MobileSamsung Galaxy A21The Galaxy S series gets all of the fanfare, but the Galaxy A line is just as good for a lot of people. Indeed, these lower cost options give consumers the same great Samsung design but with just the right amount of features. We’re talking maybe one-third the price yet still plenty of power.Standout features in the Galaxy A21 include a 6.5-inch HD display, and quad-camera (16MP main lens, 120 degree ultra wide, 2MP depth camera, and 2MP macro) array. An octa-core processor with 3GB RAM/32GB ROM is paired with Android 10, and the 4,000mAh battery should get typical users far beyond a full day.Samsung Galaxy A21 at Boost MobileLG Stylo 6For Notes, Photo Markups and DocsBig, practical, and the only one with a stylus, the LG Stylo 4+ provides users with a large screen and an extra bit of functionality. The 6.8-inch display offers up plenty of high-definition space for scribbling notes, marking up documents, and more.Running Android 10, the phone is powered by an octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. Storage comes in at 64GB but a microSD expansion card slot opens the door for up to 2TB external media.Wrapping things up, the LG handset has a triple camera configuration on the rear, front-facing 13-megapixel selfie camera, and a 4,000mAh battery.LG Stylo at Boost MobileMotorola Moto EStock Android on a BudgetWe absolutely love what Motorola does with its Android phones. They run a bare bones software experience that leaves things the way Google intended, and feature affordably priced alternatives to flagships.Here, you get a big (6.2-inch) screen, a very modern build of Android (10), and respectable smattering of mid-range hardware. Key details include an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for external media.Other things we appreciate? A water resistant coating, USB Type-C charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.Motorola Moto E at Boost MobileCoolpad LegacyFirst-time BuyerOn the lower end of the spectrum we find phones which might be decent for first time smartphone users. Whether that means grandma or the ten year old who’s responsible enough for a handset, it matters little.The Coolpad Legacy rivals other, pricier models in terms of hardware but its rock-bottom price puts it among the most affordable.Key details include a 6.3-inch display, a dual (16-megapixel and 5-megapixel) rear camera setup, and front-facing 13-megapixel selfie camera. Inside are a quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage; a microSD card slot allows for up to 128GB media.Coolpad Legacy at Boost Mobile

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